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The 1975 say headlining Glastonbury is one of their unrealised ambitions

The 1975 say headlining Glastonbury is one of their unrealised ambitions

The Cheshire-formed band want to headline Glastonbury Festival, but are “busy this year [2020]”

The 1975 reiterated their ambitions to headline Glastonbury Festival.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on the Future Sounds show (January 16) – while unveiling their new single ‘Me & You Together’ – the Cheshire-formed band confirmed “headlining Glastonbury” is one of their unrealised ambitions, but say they are “busy this year [2020]”.

“It’s such an amazing thing to do as a band, that would probably be the only gig that […] we need to do before it all changes”, said frontman Matt Healy.

Annie Mac then added: “Perfect, 2021… it’s gonna be!” – to which the band responded: “Let’s do it!”


In a recent interview with Apple’s Beats 1 Matt Wilkinson Friday (January 17), Healy confirmed that the now Manchester-based band won’t be playing Glastonbury this year, saying: “No, we’re not going to headline […] But Glastonbury is exciting this year. I know a lot about it… I’ve heard amazing stories and amazing things, and I am going to go as a punter. It’s going to be wicked. Maybe I’ll get up and do a little acoustic set with Stone Temple [Pilots].”

Earlier this month, The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne was asked about Glastonbury – via a fan on Twitter – to which he replied: “well we really wanna play”.

The chart-topping band have been rumoured for headlining Glastonbury for quite some time. Back in December 2018, was when Matt Healy first confirmed in a radio interview he’d be attending Glastonbury 2020 as a punter, while adding that the band would then be ready to headline after topping the bill at Reading & Leeds in August 2019 – Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis responded by saying: “Oh really? That’s good. Interesting. They’re great. Obviously we’d love to have The 1975.”

The 1975 first played the Worthy Farm-held event in 2013, before returning in 2014 and most recently in 2016 when they took to the Other Stage on the Saturday night prior to Chvrches and New Order.

You can listen to the band’s Radio 1 Annie Mac interview from earlier this month on BBC Sounds, with Glastonbury talks starting from around the 37:30 time-mark.

Highlights from the band’s 2016 set remain online and are still available to watch on the BBC website.


Meanwhile, Taylor Swift was the second headliner to be announced for the 2020 edition of the Festival – after Paul McCartney, and joins Diana Ross who was officially confirmed earlier last year as Glastonbury’s 50-anniversary ‘Legends’ slot performer – while Mike Skinner, Carl CoxFun Lovin’ Criminals and most recently Crowded House are the latest big-scale artists to self-confirm for the Festival’s 2020 bill thus far.

Also confirmed for the bill are Wolf Alice who were announced as playing Glastonbury’s 50th by non-other than Glasto founder, Michael Eavis himself.

Despite the fact that the full line-up for Glastonbury 2020 has yet to be released – all tickets for the Festival’s 50th anniversary have now sold out, with General Admission tickets selling out in 33 minutes, following Coach + Ticket Packages which sold out in just 27 minutes.

There are still ways to go to Glastonbury this year, and in addition to being able to volunteer – there will also be a resale of any cancelled tickets in the spring, with coach + ticket packages going up for resale on April 16 – followed by a general admission tickets resale (which don’t include travel) on April 19.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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